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The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

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As a result of increasing environmental stressors and urbanization, bee populations have declined significantly in recent years. Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are investigating ways to support pollinator populations by hosting them on solar sites—a solution that also increases land use efficiency.

Bees play  … Read More

Renewables Required

Renewables Required

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Last week, California became the first state to require solar on new homes. After January 1, 2020, the California Energy Commission’s updated standards will require that newly constructed homes include PV systems.

The new policy applies to both single-family and multifamily houses that are three stories or less and includes  … Read More

Solar Recycling

Solar Recycling

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Dubbed the “sunrush,” the growth in solar energy use over the past 25 years has been exponential. In addition to increasing global capacity from 100 MW to over 300 GW in that time, costs in 2017 were an impressive 86% lower than in 2009.

One emerging concern, however, results from the  … Read More

Solar Market Sweet Spot

Solar Market Sweet Spot

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Community-scale solar appears to be finding its stride. Not only do these innovative photovoltaic systems enable multiple customers to participate in a single solar project and to receive compensation for their portion of the power produced, but they also offer a number of economic, grid, and environmental benefits. A new  … Read More

Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Trump’s Solar Tariffs

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The Trump administration’s decision last week to apply a 30% solar import tariff for crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules has been met with a broad spectrum of responses. While some expressed outrage, others felt that the decision could have been worse and may even present opportunities for industry expansion.

The  … Read More

Technology That Talks

Technology That Talks

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used often in the solar industry for its predictive capacity—for weather forecasting and to support informed decision-making. AI’s algorithms are able to analyze massive quantities of data from satellites, weather stations, and sensors to determine patterns and foresee weather events that could impact energy generation. We  … Read More



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